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from toast to post: vintage toast rack letter holders

by Grace Bonney

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for as long as i can remember my mom has used an antique toast holder to organize her mail, bills, and to-do lists. i always thought it was such an interesting way to organize things, and it wasn’t until a few years ago that i came to really appreciate the idea, and the way she is always incorporating antique objects into our home in unexpected ways.

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it seems like every magazine i’ve picked up over the past year has been using antique toast racks to organize mail so last week i finally decided to splurge on my own toast rack (top image) to use on my tiny entry room table. [image above via vintageindie]

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after searching for days online, i was overwhelmed with the prices i was seeing ($200+) and decided that i had no choice but to ebay-it. i was pleasantly surprised to find some really interesting options available (including some interesting porcelain styles) in a wide range of prices, starting at a very budget-friendly $10. i ended up paying a bit more than that for mine, but as soon as it arrived from california in its tiny box (i ended up buying a small one that measures 3×4 inches) i was flooded with happy, comforting memories of sitting in our kitchen and watching my mom write letters and place them in her toast rack to mail. and now, when i trudge up 4 flights on a hot summer day, arms full of mail, i’m cheerfully greeted by my sweet clover-shaped toast rack, ready to organize the day’s letters. [image above via eddie ross]

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